Escort Frigates are designed as screening escorts, especially for merchant ships. They are usually based around laser weaponry to allow them to defeat missile swarms. Fast and maneuverable, they sometimes don't have hyperspace drives, instead going into battle as battleriders on larger ships.
Base Abbreviation: FE
Tonnage Range: 5-7,000 tons
Common Maximum Acceleration: 7-10 G
Common Endurance: 600-1000 G-hours, F11 sufficient for 2,000 FPH
Common Power: Two dual-use toroidal fusion plants/torches (20 terawatts each)
Common Shields: Two 500/2 gigawatt generators mounted fore and aft
Common Armor: Modest (up to 100-megawatt grazing laser fire)